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Pharmacy 2018, 6(3), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6030085

Medication-Related Burden among Patients with Chronic Disease Conditions: Perspectives of Patients Attending Non-Communicable Disease Clinics in a Primary Healthcare Setting in Qatar

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College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, Doha 2713, Qatar
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Primary Health Care Corporation, Doha 2713, Qatar
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School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Received: 25 June 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 8 August 2018 / Published: 13 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Burden of Medicines)
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Abstract

This study aimed to assess perceived medication-related burden among patients with multiple non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and to investigate the association between perceived burden and adherence to medication therapy. Using a cross-sectional study in three primary care clinics in Qatar, medication-related burden was measured using the Living with Medicines Questionnaire (LMQ) among adults with diabetes, with or without other comorbidities. Adherence was measured using the Adherence to Refills and Medications Scale (ARMS). Two hundred and ninety-three eligible patients participated in the study. The majority of them reported experiencing minimal (66.8%) to moderate (24.1%) medication-related burden. There was a significant positive correlation between the scores of the LMQ (medication-related burden) and ARMS (medication adherence), rs (253) = 0.317, p < 0.0005. View Full-Text
Keywords: medication-related burden; questionnaire; chronic disease conditions; adherence medication-related burden; questionnaire; chronic disease conditions; adherence
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Zidan, A.; Awaisu, A.; El-Hajj, M.S.; Al-Abdulla, S.A.; Figueroa, D.C.R.; Kheir, N. Medication-Related Burden among Patients with Chronic Disease Conditions: Perspectives of Patients Attending Non-Communicable Disease Clinics in a Primary Healthcare Setting in Qatar. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 85.

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